Hunger Games. Walking Dead. 50 Shades of Grey. Am I doing something wrong?
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

Hunger Games. Walking Dead. 50 Shades of Grey. Am I doing something wrong?

Teenage dystopia.  Zombies.  Mommy Porn.  LIE -- ?? Some days I think that I should  just combine end-of-the-world, fleshing-eating, ebook x-rated fun -- and write that book.  Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled with the response from readers and critics that I have received forLIE,my contemporary, realistic, young adult novel about the impact of a brutal hate crime.  But at the same time, when one glances at amazon's "top 100" list -- and what writer doesn't occasionally?-- or, the NY Times Book Review, and try as one might, like a gambler, one compulsively runs down the scores, I mean the bestseller lists, one has to think: do I jump on that writing bandwagon?  Thing is I loved the Hunger Games -- read the entire series.  I plan to see the movie this Friday.  I watch "The Walking Dead" and cheer --for zombies. I am debating whether to read the mommy porn -- several hundred pages of hot, steamy sex sounds exhausting. By the way, if you haven't checked, the top bestsellers on amazon are the Hunger Game books, Walking Dead books and the 50 Shades series...   So those are the thoughts before the school bus arrives, as I ponder what to write next. Any thoughts out there on trends in books these days?  Truly, the author of LIE. 

2 Comments to Hunger Games. Walking Dead. 50 Shades of Grey. Am I doing something wrong?:

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Sandy Wasserman on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 9:55 PM
To every thing there is a season… As a teenager, I adored, cherished Cosmopolitan magazine, and oftentimes, True Confessions. I think I lived vicariously through those stories and I knew it. The stories were slutty and vacuous, but they thrilled me anyway; I’d never be those girls no matter what, but it was fun reading as was Lolita, which I recognized was a cut above. And now we have the steamy sexual 50 Shades of Gray. I guess it’s good book club material for someone, many “someones” actually, considering the NY Times. But I’ve outgrown it, as I did my hula hoop and my poodle skirt, and Cosmo and True Confessions. Maybe I shouldn’t comment since I haven’t read it, but I think it’s one dimensional… sort of lengthy True Confessions with a thicker binding. Last week’s NY Times Book Review article by Meg Wolitzer was terrific, and scary. Women read more. Mostly more fiction. Are women given short shrift as writers? As readers? Are we less authentic? Is there a glass ceiling somehow in women’s fiction?
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rsa rsg on Friday, April 05, 2013 1:34 AM
I found this post of yours to be really helpful and guiding. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.
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